Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Book #Review: In the Flesh by Sylvia Day .@sylvia_day .@SylDay

Book Title: In The Flesh
Author Sylvia Day |Website| Twitter| Facebook| Instagram
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Format: Trade paperback, ebook
Cost: $9.99
Pages: 252
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: September 25, 2013
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An infamous beauty. A daring warrior…

For five years, Sapphire has been the King of Sari’s most treasured concubine. Independent at last, she refuses to put herself in anyone’s control again. But now another’s meddling has led her into the path of proud, arrogant Wulfric, Crown Prince of the rival kingdom of D’Ashier… a man who is dangerous to her in every way.

…and a seduction that could destroy them both.

The daughter of Wulfric’s fiercest opponent, Sapphire is a prized warrior in her own right and highly skilled in the sensual arts—in short, Wulfric’s perfect match. A lasting union is unthinkable, but the bargain they strike—to spend one night together, and then part—proves impossible in the face of a desire powerful enough to bring two countries to the brink of war, and two hearts to the point of surrender…
This was a fantastic sci-fi read, a romance I didn't know I needed until I was reading it.  This takes place in a world that is technologically advanced but still a bit archaic in its societal structures, revolving around Kingdoms at war and all the political intrigue that comes with that.

The Kingdoms ar war have been at it for centuries all stemming from one section of the country rebelling and forming its own country and the former country not accepting them as a separate country even though the other countries in their world have accepted it as such.  With the Kingdoms ar war, there are people trying to bring them down, kidnappings, twisted plotlines that include jealous lover and all they will do to bring their obsessions to heel. A good majority of this also stems from a King's obsession and the consequences of that obsession.

I didn't realize the pages were flying by, because I was so captivated by the story. This was a romping good read that had all the political intrigue, mystery, and delicious sex anyone could want. Filled with memorable characters like Kate/Sapphire who is a  member of the King's Harem. This makes her the most desirable women in her country where being a Courtesan is a highly respected position. The daughter of the most famous Courtesan and the King's most trusted advisor is a woman who is well schooled in all the arts of being desirable. She's however not as happy as she could be because she's no longer being challenged in her position and she wants what her parents have; a close and intimate relationship with a partner or partners who see her as more than Sapphire.

Kate/ Sapphire is a phenomenal character, who was well rounded and strong without being harsh or lost in either side of her character.  Wulfric was a future King trapped behind enemy lines. He becomes intrigued by the woman who has rescued him and wants to know more about her. A man used to being obeyed in all things he's struggling to keep his character in check when he realizes he's further from home than he thought and also being made to be subservient to another.

Kate was a politically astute character who engendered loyalty because she was so genuine.  Wulfric was fantastic because even after all he'd been through was unbowed in who he was and what he wanted.  Their chemistry was off the charts. I loved their battle of wills and how their story unfolded.

I loved how the world was unfolded without it being an information dump. The glimpses of the differences between Kingdoms and how cultural differences can really set up relationships for success of failure was great to see.  The story just drew you in, it's filled with so many plot twists, evil characters & jealousies. I was stunned when it ended and I realized all of this happened in less than 300 pages.  I loved that this gave you a great ending for this book but was left in a way that if she ever felt like it a sequel could be written. I'm personally in the bandwagon of more, please!!

Happy Reading my loves, 

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